Women Veteran Seminar at MOAA Career Fair April 2

Mar 26 2013

Published by at 1:31 pm under Career,Events


Post 9/11 women veterans have a 4 percent higher unemployment rate than the national average and a 2.4 percent higher unemployment rate than their male counterparts. But a strong network and a mentor can get you back into the workforce and advance a career. That’s why MOAA is teaming up with the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation to create a seminar tailored for women veterans.

“Emerge and Grow: Mentorship and Networking Strategies For Professional Women Veterans” will include a panel of five women veterans representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps (and a Coast Guard spouse who is our moderator!) These five dynamic women will talk about how mentoring and networking helped advance their careers and answer your questions about navigating  professional life after the military.

The seminar will be held during MOAA’s spring career fair, Tuesday April 2 at the Washington DC Convention Center, Room 204A. Preregistration is not required. Every female veteran will receive a special gift from MOAA and have the opportunity to meet and network with the panelists and other attendees. www.moaa.org/career 

Panel participants and bios are here:

Rene Drumheller is a U.S. Army Veteran with five years of service in the Army Medical Service Corps. Ms. Drumheller specializes in health care and information technology with experience as an IT product manager and project manager. She currently is currently seeking positions to utilize her project management skills obtained throughout her military and civilian careers. She has a Bachelors of Arts in English and Technical Writing. Ms. Drumheller has a graduate certificate in Business of Medicine from John Hopkins University and lives in the D.C. metro area. She is currently a mentee with Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program, which serves women veterans and military spouses in mentoring and career resources. Rene is also the spouse of an active duty Naval Aviator. They recently relocated to Washington D.C. after their 3 year tour at NAF Atsugi, Japan.

Jennifer Goodale served seven years in the United States Marine Corps as a Communications Officer. Her duty assignments included two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 9th Communication Battalion as a platoon commander and company executive officer and a tour at the Marine Corps Institute, Marine Barracks Washington. Jennifer separate from the Marine Corps in January 2009 and accepted a job in a bicycle shop to stay employed. In July of 2009, she and her husband, also a Marine, moved to Camp Lejeune, NC. Jobs were scarce and following a challenging federal job search, Jennifer joined Lowe’s Home Improvement. She left Lowes in May 2010 and was a stay-at-home-mom until joining MOAA’s member services department in 2013. Jennifer holds a BA in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She continues to serve as the spouse of Marine and mom to their 2 year old daughter, Reagan.

Pamela Hardy is a Senior Manager within Booz Allen Hamilton’s People Services Team. She is responsible for all aspects of organizational efforts to build, maintain, and assure a diverse and inclusive culture and driving Booz Allen’s brand as an employer of choice. Within this role, she manages the Diversity Recruiting team and leads the firm’s Veterans, African American and Disability Agendas. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Pamela worked in recruiting and consulting roles within the consulting industry. As a consultant, Pamela has partnered with organizations to develop leadership programs, succession planning workshops and diversity recruiting strategies and techniques. Pamela is a member of the NextGen Network, an affiliate of the Executive Leadership Council, the nation’s premier leadership network of the most senior African American corporate executives in Fortune 500 companies. Pamela holds a Masters in Human Resources from Marymount University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Union University.

Mary Jo “MJ” Sweeney, CAPT, USN (Ret)is a graduate of Wake Forest University. Captain Sweeney was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and served 26 years on active duty in a variety of posts around the world. Highlights of her career include command of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet special mission ships (oceanographic and surveillance) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and being a Battalion Officer at the Naval Academy. She also served as Commander, Military Sealift Command Atlantic, overseeing the Navy’s 150 Atlantic Fleet logistics, special mission and contract-operated ships supporting combatant ships. She was designated a Joint Specialty Officer and has earned the Navy’s highest professional subspecialty designation in operational logistics. During her final tour as Deputy Director, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, The Pentagon, she was responsible for the continuity of operations in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, overseeing the re-staffing and restoration of the CNO’s staff and workspaces. Captain Sweeney has earned several awards of the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal, as well as numerous unit awards. Immediately upon retirement from active duty in 2003, Captain Sweeney joined USAA to expand the position of the Military Affairs Representative and Service Academy Liaison in Annapolis. In that capacity, she coordinated USAA’s corporate sponsorship of military Morale, Welfare and Recreational (MWR) activities at Maryland and Delaware active duty, Guard and Reserve installations and units. As USAA Region Manager, East, she leads a team of Military Affairs retired officers and senior enlisted leaders in serving 16 states. USAA is committed to helping military members and their families, and underwriting a variety of events designed to support them is part of USAA’s mission to serve the military and veteran community.

Cherie Zadlo, Colonel, USAF (Ret) does what she loves – and currently that is leading major member products and services efforts at the Military Officers Association of America. During her 27-year Air Force career, she broke ground as the first female at every level of command for which she was selected, from squadron to wing. As a commander or staff officer at wing, group, major command, Department of Air Force, joint command, and OSD levels, Col Zadlo was responsible for developing, integrating, and delivering support services and facilities in the U.S., overseas, and while deployed multiple times. As an installation commander both in the states and overseas, she managed and supported multiple missions, operations, military, civilians, contractors, and their families. Notably, she was the support group commander at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, Yokota AB, Japan and the Air Base Wing commander at Edwards AFB, California. In 2003 and 2004, she was U. S. Central Command’s (USCENTCOM) director of Manpower & Personnel (J1), responsible for the full spectrum of manpower, personnel, and quality of life services for U.S. and coalition forces in the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) theaters of operations. Upon retirement from active duty, she was a consultant to military compensation committees and spent five years as a corporate senior vice president of Ceridian Lifeworks Government Programs. Cherie is a graduate of Baylor University (BA), Central Michigan University (MA), and the National War College (MS). She also is an active volunteer and serves on various boards. The mother of two adult daughters, she and her husband, Rick Pullen, reside in Alexandria, Va.

Amy Goodpaster Strebe is a professional journalist and the author of two books on military history, including Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II. She holds a Master’s degree in history from San Jose State University and serves on the Board of Directors for the National WASP World War II Museum in Sweetwater, Texas. Strebe is currently working in the Armed Forces History division at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she is helping to create the first comprehensive online archive dedicated to women’s military history. She is married to CWO4 Gary Strebe, a Chief Warrant Officer on active-duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2012 they were transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from San Diego, where she served three years as the volunteer Ombudsman for U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego. Strebe and her husband reside in Arlington, Virginia with their two children, Abbie and Spencer.

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